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Renewed rumors over Apple’s mythical TV, pesky iPads draining hotel Wi-Fi, and a rather sinister-looking docking station for your iPhone 4S: The remainders for Tuesday, October 25, 2011 are putting themselves to the fullest possible use.

Apple Effort to Develop TV Is Said to Be Led by iTunes Creator Jeff Robbin (Bloomberg)

Could an iTunes and iPod engineer be the ringmaster for Apple’s long-rumored interactive TV? Bloomberg thinks so. SoundJam creator Jeff Robbin is apparently taking the lead on development, according to a gaggle of people “with knowledge of the project.” Well, okay, but there better be a volume scroll wheel on there somewhere.

iPads Change Economics, and Speed, of Hotel Wi-Fi (NY Times)

If you’re stuck on sluggish hotel Wi-Fi on your next business trip, all those extra mobile devices we carry around may be to blame. Turns out that iPads are gobbling up four times more Wi-Fi data per month than the typical smartphone, and that extra stress has not been so great on aging hotel networks. The solution: pricing tiers. Or asking travelers to stop playing Super Stickman Golf on their iPads against friends while in a Google Hangout meeting.

iPhone: About the Cellular Data setting (Apple Support)

If you have an iPhone 4S, you might have noticed that the Enable 3G switch (under Settings -> General -> Network), present in earlier iPhone iterations, has mysteriously vanished. Not to worry, says Apple: This is intentional. In fact, depending on your carrier, you may not even see this switch on the iPhone 4. Poor EDGE—the slow-as-molasses network connection will never again be intentionally visited by someone trying to save just a teensy bit more battery power.

IRIS 9000 voice control module for iPhone & Siri (ThinkGeek)

It’s not enough that Apple programmed in an intelligent assistant to your phone that can answer complicated questions in a snarky manner, oh no—you simply must have that full “Evil A.I. Overlord” experience. And ThinkGeek’s happy to sell it to you for $60, pulsating red light and remote-control docking station and everything. Of course, because we’re all so excited to get conquered by machines, you probably won’t be able to get your hands on one until April—but I’m sure you’ll find a way to make do until then. Just ask Siri to sing to you. It likes that.

Product news:

PowerLine mini adapters - D-Link has introduced several mini adapters for its PowerLine home networking line. PowerLine products deliver networking speeds of up to 200Mbps using existing electrical wiring. PowerLine AV Mini Adapter, $100; PowerLine AV Mini Adapter Starter Kit, $110; PowerLine AV 4-Port Switch Mini Adapter Starter Kit, $130.

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